As a father of three young children, I know all too well how expensive it can be to raise a family. New parents are often shocked at how much spending it takes just to stock up on the basics. Diapers and baby formula alone can cost a small fortune.
Frugal folks look to minimize their expenses and save money wherever possible, but there are some places where you just don’t want to cut corners. No amount of savings is worth risking the safety of your little one.
A good crib will cost you at least a couple hundred bucks so it can be pretty tempting to buy one second hand at a garage sale or accept a relative’s hand me down crib. But a used crib can be an accident waiting to happen and considering how much time a baby spends in his crib you don’t want to take any chances.
There are several problems with secondhand cribs. First, older cribs might not meet today’s more stringent safety standards. A few years back there was a number of injuries involving cribs that have drop-down sides which resulted in that entire style of crib being recalled. You won’t find them in stores but they do still show up on Craigslist and in local yard sales.
Another problem with used cribs is that you don’t know how well they have been taken care of in the past. Was it sitting in someone’s basement under four hundred pounds of building supplies or standing in a puddle of water for months? There could be damaged or missing parts that would make the crib unsafe. What if there are no instructions? You could miss a piece or put it together wrong.
By law, every state in the United States mandates that infants and children ride in child safety seats. When you think about what could happen to your baby if you were in an accident you realize the importance of a safe car seat, but they can be very expensive and there are so many used car seats available for a fraction of the cost.
Don’t do it.
Car seats expire, and while they won’t suddenly fall to pieces the materials will start to wear out and your child’s safety could be compromised. The expiration date is always listed somewhere on the car seat itself. In addition to expiration dates, you also have to worry about a used car seat’s history. Are you certain it was never in an accident? Even a minor fender bender could have caused unseen damage. When thinking about car seats, make sure to look for the top rated car seats.
Many grandparents set aside their children’s toys to one day share with their grandchildren. It can be fun seeing your kids playing with the same toys that you grew up with, but that nostalgia can be dangerous.
Many older toys don’t meet current safety standards and may contain sharp edges or small pieces that a baby can choke on. Even though you survived just fine, your baby might not be so lucky when playing with thirty year old toys that are more susceptible to breaking. Older toys may also contain lead paint which is a well-known health hazard.
Do you think these items should be bought new or have you thought they will be fine used?
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